GREENVILLE — On July 25, the annual Annie Oakley Golf Tournament was held at Turtle Creek. Many golfers came to golf and businesses sponsored Tee Signs. A banquet was enjoyed in the evening. The proceeds from the tournament was presented to the Cancer Association of Darke County.
Tim Ridenour was one of the clients receiving assistance from the association and he and his wife, Mary Ann, shared their compelling story at the banquet about their journey through the devastating illness of cancer.
In 2013, Tim was diagnosed with Stage 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme (an aggressive brain tumor). Being a survivor of premature birth, injuries from being hit by a car as a child, serving the Navy in Lebanon and later becoming a firefighter, Tim had yet another battle to fight.
With the help of a dedicated, loving wife, who had also had brain surgery, they decided to fight this battle with a fierce determination to win. Tim has had surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and wore a NovoTTF (now called Optune) which created low intensity electric fields which attack tumor cells. Earlier this year, he experienced a brain bleed which caused inability to swallow, paralysis of the left vocal cord and weakness on his left side. However, he and Mary Ann did not feel defeated at all, but they continued to march through this trial. They just contacted the cancer association this past year because they had always wanted to help others and found it difficult to ask for help for themselves.
Sadly, Tim lost his battle on Sept. 4. The Annie Oakley Golf Committee and the Board of Directors at the Cancer Association of Darke County want to thank Mary Ann for their openness and deep desire to help others by sharing their journey. Tim is sadly missed by family and friends.
The association and the golf committee truly appreciate this couple’s willingness to speak at the event and to encourage all to help the organization with continued financial support.
“If you would like to support your local cancer patients, please call the office and speak with Christine at 548-9960 or mail donations to Cancer Association of Darke County, PO Box 781, Greenville, OH 45331,” said a spokesperson.